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      04-12-2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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KW V1 xi vs H&R street coilovers

Which one would you get?

I looked around and some people say V1 and some people say H&R but idk which one is better. I'm not gonna track the car so it's just gonna be normal street driving. I just want the drop (xi gap ). I'm up in MA and the winters can be harsh so I'm afraid the H&Rs might start rusting or corroding.

Here's another deciding factor.. I can get the H&Rs brand new for $1280. If I buy the KW, I'm gonna buy them used because I don't wanna pay $1600.. Unless there's a good deal that prices the KWs right by the H&Rs.

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I thought V1s were like $1200 or $1299 somewhere, maybe I'm wrong though. Try PM'ing some vendors on here to get the best price.

Anyway, seems like folks on here REALLY like their KWs, but on the MINI forum, H&R were all people talked about. Seen a few threads that say H&R are stiffer, and KW more compliant, so take that for what it's worth. Personally I think every set of $1,000 + coils is gonna be comparable if you never track the car.

Just my $.02.

Oh, and why would H&R start rusting and corroding???
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I thought V1s were like $1200 or $1299 somewhere, maybe I'm wrong though. Try PM'ing some vendors on here to get the best price.

Anyway, seems like folks on here REALLY like their KWs, but on the MINI forum, H&R were all people talked about. Seen a few threads that say H&R are stiffer, and KW more compliant, so take that for what it's worth. Personally I think every set of $1,000 + coils is gonna be comparable if you never track the car.

Just my $.02.

Oh, and why would H&R start rusting and corroding???
I saw some vendors with some sales so ill start PMing.

I saw somewhere that the coating put on the H&Rs starts to get bad after a while. I think the H&Rs are made out of galvanized steel and the KWs are made out of stainless steel. That could be it but I'm not sure
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PM Pat at SonicTuning. He gave me a great deal on V1s.
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I've had my KWV1s for almost four years and 25000 miles on my xi. No complaints other than a cracked dust cover probably obtained when I hit a pot hole...ive hit many and the alignment is still fine (goes straight at 80 mph on a smooth flat road). The handling is a huge night and day difference. I'm in PA and the important factor for me is not gap for deep snow, but having dedicated wintr tires mounted on other wheels.

One piece of advice: don't ever buy used coils, springs, dampers, coilovers, etc. These parts wear out. Fresh and new and lack of uncertainty over worn out parts is definitely worth the extra money. Good luck!
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PM Pat at SonicTuning. He gave me a great deal on V1s.
Thanks for the heads up!

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I've had my KWV1s for almost four years and 25000 miles on my xi. No complaints other than a cracked dust cover probably obtained when I hit a pot hole...ive hit many and the alignment is still fine (goes straight at 80 mph on a smooth flat road). The handling is a huge night and day difference. I'm in PA and the important factor for me is not gap for deep snow, but having dedicated wintr tires mounted on other wheels.

One piece of advice: don't ever buy used coils, springs, dampers, coilovers, etc. These parts wear out. Fresh and new and lack of uncertainty over worn out parts is definitely worth the extra money. Good luck!
Yeah I think i'm just gonna go with the KW V1. Everyone speaks highly of them so they have to be good. I found a good price so I'll just buy them new. I appreciate the comment brotha!

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lots of threads on this..I think you'll be happy with the V1s
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I love my v1s. I'm also in MA and the corrosion concern on the H&Rs was a big issue for me... You should be able to find the V1s for closer to $1400. The few hundred more is money well spent.
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I love my v1s. I'm also in MA and the corrosion concern on the H&Rs was a big issue for me... You should be able to find the V1s for closer to $1400. The few hundred more is money well spent.
I decided on the V1s. As everyone says, suspension isn't something you should cheap out on
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